Fiction

VelodromeThe Velodrome

Allen & Unwin, 1988

‘Written in an almost elliptical, curiously haunting prose, it is an impressive short novel and a fine debut’ Australian Book Review

‘Davison’s first novel is surprisingly compressed, pared down to its bare bones, full of hints and possibilities.’ West Australian

‘His novel is meticulously structured, concisely written and rich in ideality and symbol’ Advertiser

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SoundingsSoundings

UQP 1993

Winner: National Book Council Award for Fiction

la baie

French translation

‘The writing is tense, inexorable and very moving. This is an Australian novel you don’t pass by.’ Weekend Australian

‘A truly striking and beautifully crafted work . . . a highly recommended and enjoyable read.’ West Australian

Soundings is writing about writing about history and it works marvellously. This is, to my way of seeing, an important book.’ Australian Book Review

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White WomanThe White Woman

UQP, 1994

‘It should have finished when they found her bones shoved inside that hollow tree. The remains of the captive white woman, butchered on the shores of Lake King at the hands of savages . . . ‘

femme blanche

translation

‘This powerful new novel reinforces and further develops the theme that it is a personal and moral imperative to hear the narratives contained within the landscape.’ The Age

The White Woman is a complex and sophisticated marriage of chronological narrative, metaphysical insights, protest and elegant writing which captures characters in a beloved landscape.’ The Australian

‘The book is a finely crafted and at times profoundly sensitive narrative . It is both beguilingly simple and intricate in its pattern of myth, history and analysis of human vulnerability.’ Canberra Times

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BETRAYALThe Betrayal

Viking 1999

In the sweltering summer of 1967, Judith Maloney, a young Australian girl working in the south of France, witnesses the aftermath of a brutal crime. Thirty years later, the events of that day are still with her.

l'occupation

French translation

‘Literary fiction of a spare elegance, psychological but delicate, absorbing and haunting.’ The Irish Times

‘This is a psychological thriller needing no graphic violence or gore to stir the reader.’ The Examiner

‘ . . . creates a kind of Chabrol-like sense of unease as well as a confidence in the reader that there is a way through this maze of horrors.’ The Australian

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ShipwreckThe Shipwreck Party

UQP, 1989

‘Liam Davison is a bit of a magician, fashioning haunting worlds of water and sand that change our sense of Australian landscape and history.’ Janette Turner Hospital

‘Davison writes in the confident tone of the custodian of the narrative. Every word feels inevitable and necessary.’ The Australian

‘Davison’s stories have the weight of individual novels pared down to the bone.’ Matthew Condon, Sun Herald

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Collected StoriesCollected Stories

UQP, 2001

‘He is clearly one of our finest short story writers (leaving his novels out of the calculation).’ The Canberra Times

‘Excellent writing by a master of the short story trade.’ Courier Mail

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SpiritThe Spirit of Rural Australia

New Holland, 1999

Photography by Jim Conquest

Words by Liam Davison

The Spirit of Rural Australia acknowledges the foundations of the past and celebrates a future built upon a resilient country spirit.

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New Literatures Review Interview with Liam Davison

Liam Davison on writing

A selection of critical responses to to these titles can be accessed here.